National Philoptochos Society
To promote charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach to preserve the sanctity of life and family and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox faith and traditions." Click here to read more....
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Philoptochos Receives National Hunger Hero Award
As Outstanding Faith-Based Organization
Dave Green, Feeding Children Everywhere CEO, presents Hunger Hero Award to Georgia Vlitas and Evan Scurtis
For details, go to Feed the Hungry Initiative
Philoptochos Announces $115,000 in Disbursements
for Greece & Cyprus
The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. is pleased to announce that on July 3, its Executive Board approved disbursements totaling $115,000 for aid to the people of Greece & Cyprus bringing total support to $789,120. For details, read the articles below.
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Aid to Greece & Cyprus Campaign Disbursement
In Limasol, Cyprus, National Philoptochos Spiritual Advisor, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos offers a donation to Syndesmos Gia Atoma Me Aftismo (Association for Children and Adults with Autism).
Philoptochos = Philanthropy for 85+ Years!
For 85+ years Philoptochos has been active in philanthropy, as illustrated with these photos from the Metropolis of Chicago, of members doing needlework.
A chapter in the 1940s sewed for charity during wartime, as seen in a shot above, provided by St. Nicholas Ladies Philoptochos Society of Oak Lawn, IL.
This year marked the 16th edition of the Annual Lenten Quilt-a-Thon for the greater Chicago area, spearheaded by the Philoptochos of Saints Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, IL, below- top, and Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Palos Hills, IL, below- bottom. Many area chapters participated in creating 600 colorful quilts and fleece blankets for distribution to infants and youth in hospitals and care centers throughout the Metropolis. An insignia with the Philoptochos logo was sewn on the quilts, with the accompanying words: “Love and comfort to you. Love from/ Made by Greek Orthodox Philoptochos Society.”
Philoptochos Collections for
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine
Exceed $1.5 Million
Click here to read this news in the Greek language edition of The National Herald
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National Philoptochos President Maria Logus presents a check for $200,000 earmarked for St. Nicholas to His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios; also pictured are Committee Tri-Chairs Jennifer Constantin and Arlene Siavelis Kehl. Not pictured: Anastasia Michals.
On June 17, National President Maria Logus presented a check to His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America for the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine Philoptochos Fundraising Initiative. With this donation, Philoptochos brings the total amount donated by the Society to over $1.5 million.
A round of applause goes to the Philoptochos Chapters and Metropolises across the country who have participated in this fundraising effort during the past three years!
St. Nicholas will serve as a beacon of love for all who come to pray and reflect, and for the millions more who visit the World Trade Center and National September 11 Memorial & Museum, it will be a declaration of our Orthodox Christian faith to the world. Please continue to do your part to help your local Philoptochos Chapter or Metropolis Philoptochos with small or large fundraising activities. Once we have raised $2.0 million, our commitment will be met and our noble mission will be achieved.
To be part of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine Philoptochos Fundraising Initiative, please donate fundraising proceeds directly to your local Philoptochos Chapter or your Metropolis Philoptochos.
Inclusion Ministries -- A Sacred Calling
But Jesus said, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not,
to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Children with special needs hold a special place in our hearts. They must be protected and cherished, encouraged and included. Yet having them in a church community presents challenges. The Metropolis of Chicago, with the blessing and support of His Eminence Metopolitan Iakovos, of Blessed Memory, and under the leadership of Presvytera Toni Mihalopoulos, developed “Pick Up Your Cross and Follow Me,” a ministry of programs for children with special needs and their families.
Following a presentation by Pres. Toni during the spring National Board meeting in Chicago, National President Maria Logus added Inclusion Ministries to the list of suggested projects that chapters might want to institute in their own parishes with the support of their parish priest. National Philoptochos is currently assembling a list of resources for chapters to use in developing their programs.
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